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Anu Graduated “Beginner” Puppy Training Today

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Anu graduated Beginner Puppy Training today.

At her first two classes, she was so shy that she stayed either under my chair or sat on my lap. She shied away from other dogs, puppies, and most people, as well.  The hugest progress for her was when she played with another puppy after class today; she typically watches the other puppies play with each other, not even considering participating. She has now become a much more social dog, although still cautious.

We have learned better ways to work with her both with behavior and socialization. Anu has always been a good, sweet girl; now she brings us even more joy (if that’s even possible) with her good behavior. It is so important that she has learned and continues to work on: “come when called”, “drop it”, “leave it”, “sit”, “stay”, etc. All of the commands we use with our puppies can make the difference in behavior and in the safety and health of our dogs, too. 

I am very proud of her and looking forward to starting intermediate training next week. 

I used the PetSmart Pet Training Program. It works. It is a program I would recommend to anyone.

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Dog First Aid Kit

The infographics below show some good items to have on hand for your pet in case of emergencies. A DIY kit insures that you will have everything you might need. I have also posted some very good ready-made kits on the market, as well. They come in very basic packs starting around $20 on up to fully stocked packs costing as much as $90. Available online at many sites, your local pet supply stores, and even your local Humane Society. You could even add the extra items listed below if they are not included in the prepackaged kits.

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This kit is available throughout the ASPCA Online Store http://www.aspcaonlinestore.com/product/36422

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From 1800petmeds.com   http://www.1800petmeds.com/Canine+Friendly+Pet+First+Aid+Kit-prod11549.html

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And from CPR-savers.com     http://www.cpr-savers.com/Pet-First-Aid-Kits_c_408.html

The DogGoneIt Kit for Dogs:

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The Bow Ow Dog First Aid Kit:

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The First Aid Kit for Pets:

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Effect of Training in the Dog’s Brain Infographic

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Pet Safety at the Beach

Anu has been to the beach about 3 times. The first 2 times she was really nervous. The last time she was ready to explore. We use her harness and leash. It is safer for puppy when using a proper restraint. We have jellyfish that wash up; this particular day, there was construction equipment, and other dogs, as well as a strong undertow in cold-ish water. We brought her a portable water bottle and dish and poop bags. It is easy for a 19 pound exploring and active puppy to get dehydrated and they always want to poop when you least expect them to. 😉

She had fun. And was excited to play on the edge of the foam with her family’s day out at the beach.

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Pet Safety in the Car

I have been away from blogging for the past few days. I really missed being here on WordPress. Glad I am back.

Today I am featuring more about the safety of our pets. How do we keep them safe in the car?

Dogs look so adorable with their ears flapping out the car window. We feel a camaraderie with our pet as they ride with us, even sitting on our laps while we drive. This can be dangerous, not only for ourselves, but for our dog, as well. Some dogs climb all over the vehicle and us, it is a distraction from safe, defensive driving. If we were to get in an accident, our pet could be injured or killed as they fly around the vehicle. I have always been adamant about buckling up, the rule in my vehicle is to wear your seatbelt. The same should be true for our four legged family members.

Here is Anu in her booster seat. She was nervous the first couple of times. Then she started to realize it is fun when we take her out, so she does not really mind now.

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Animal Planet has a good list of 5 options to keep our dogs safe when traveling in the car:

http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/5-best-car-seats-small-dogs.htm

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Chocolate and Dogs Do Not Mix

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Chocolate is poisonous to dogs. Have you ever wondered why? 

The following link from webmd explains:

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/guide/dogs-and-chocolate-get-the-facts

The breakdown below shows us that cocoa (chocolate) contains theobromine and caffeine which are hazardous to your dog’s (pet’s) health and can kill them. Some dog treat manufacturers use carob, a healthier substitute for animals.

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Also, beware of cocoa shell mulch in your own yard or other yards you pet may venture into. It is toxic to animals. Cocoa mulch is made from the cacao shells which contain theobromine. 

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April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month

April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Click pic for link to more information and a helpful video with pet expert Marc Morrone and Dr. Nick Stinas explaining the ABCs of pet safety.

National Animal Poison Control Center (800-548-2423)

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Basic Emergency First Aid for Pets

April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. We all hope for the healthiest and safest of situations for our pets. Unfortunately, there may be a time when we might have to administer first aid for our pets. This is a really handy chart if we are faced with an emergency. The chart is to guide us in life saving techniques until we can get professional assistance; it is not intended as a replacement for professional care. Your local Red Cross chapter may offer classes for CPR & First Aid for pets, as well.

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via: vetdepot.com

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Anu is Back to Her “Stick Finds”

It looks like she attempted a small tree:

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She is quite pleased with this branch but figured out it had too many smaller branches, so she tried to take them off herself:

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I stepped in and helped her get it to manageable, which she then proudly carried home:

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Dachshunds

These Dapple Dachshunds are so precious:

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A darling tiny newborn Dachshund:

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